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  • Eleanor Berry seeks poems for Salem Art Center windows UPDATED

    August 11, 2020

    Dear poets,

    Earlier this year, the Mid-Valley Poetry Society proposed to the Salem Art Association that poems be displayed on trees in the Oregon oak grove in Bush’s Pasture Park. That idea proved unworkable, but SAA;s Community Arts Education Director, Kathy Dinges, has instead asked the MVPS for poems by Oregon poets to be put in windows of the Bush Barn Art Center (closed for the rest of this year) where people walking in the park can see them and pause to read them.

    The initial display will be of eight poems–one in each of the four panes of two windows on the back wall of the Art Center. There’s a path there, and people can walk right up to the windows.

    This, then, is a call for poems for display in those Art Center windows.

    Please submit a poem (or, if you want to provide a choice, up to three poems) as described below. There is no deadline for submission, but don’t delay–SAA is ready to put poems in the windows right away!

    The poem should fit easily on one page and be readable during a brief stop at the window. Subject and form are open, but please take into account the setting (Art Center in public park) and the audience (park visitors). Content and language should be suitable for families and should contain nothing obscene, sexually graphic, hate-mongering, or derogatory of any social, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender group.

    The poem can be previously published, if rights have reverted to you, or unpublished.

    Format the poem in an easily readable font and point size. Include your name at the end of the poem or before or after the title. Save it as a pdf file, and email to me as an attachment. Please use “Poetry for Art Center window” as the subject line of your email.

    Email to Eleanor Berry at [email protected]

    I’ll assemble an initial set of eight poems for SAA. These will be rotated at intervals, and there are other windows where poems may be displayed in the future, so if your poem isn’t used for the initial display, unless you ask me not to, I’ll hold it for possible future use.

    If you have questions, just ask.


    Eleanor Berry
    Chair, Mid-Valley Poetry Society

    Email to Eleanor Berry at [email protected]

  • New Member Into

    June 9, 2020New Member Into

    I’m a new member of the OPA. I moved to Oregon last Nov. and very much like living here. I’ve loved writing since I was a teen and practiced it all my life. I also love nature and outdoor activities besides poetry. I’ve had quite a few publications in the last 6 months in journals and anthologies from Seattle to New York. Several poems appear in Raven Chronicles Anthology, “Take a Stand: Art Against Hate”. The Seattle Star published two poems adding to several already there. “Last Oracle Over the Sea” appears in the CAPS / Calling All Poets Series Anthology out of New Paltz , New York & “Eagle Bowl” was accepted by the Seattle journal “Chrysanthemum” edited by Koon Woon. Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna took a fun historical poem, “The Bubble of Seattle” for her Poetry Grid. It’s @ http// You are welcome to write to me and have a look at my website too. Thanks much.

  • Oregon Poet Wins Award – Is set to Judge International Contest

    October 27, 2019

    Oregon Poet Adam Levon Brown has won the 2019 Blue Nib Chapbook Award. Out of nearly 450 entries, his chapbook, “Incidents” placed first. As well as the award, Brown was allotted 500 Euros as his prize.

    In the same week, Brown was named the judge of the 2019 Into the Void Magazine Poetry Prize Contest. The contest opens on November 1st internationally.

  • Don Colburn wins national contest for chapbook due out in March

    January 21, 2019Don Colburn wins national contest for chapbook due out in March

    Main Street Rag Publishing Company will publish my book “Mortality with Pronoun Shifts,” which won the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Chapbook Prize. Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, was the final judge. “I loved this book from the get-go,” she said of the winning manuscript. “The title itself is a brilliant juxtaposition of opposites: the archetypal, biblical, emotion-laden word mortality paired with such a sterile, academic phrase as pronoun shifts. Throughout the book, this stark tension of opposites never flags. Who wants to read an entire book of poems about death? I’ll take one any day—if it is written by this author.”

    The book is due out in March and can be ordered at a discount in advance from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore:

    Here’s a direct link to my MSR author’s page, with comments on the book and sample poems:

    MORTALITY with Pronoun Shifts / Don Colburn

  • Book Release Event for ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’

    January 9, 2019Book Release Event for 'The Bob Sterry School of Burglary'

    I invite all OPA members to celebrate poetry along with the publication of my book on January 29th at Artichoke Music (2007 SE Powell Blvd. Portland). Starting at 7 PM it will be a unique mixture of words spoken and sung. I have invited musicians and a few poets to join me. Tickets are FREE but please confirm via Brown Paper Tickets at this link.

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